In the early 1900s polite Chicago society was rocked by terrible scandal as renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, ran off with Mamah Cheney, a ...Show synopsisIn the early 1900s polite Chicago society was rocked by terrible scandal as renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, ran off with Mamah Cheney, a client's wife. Abandoning their families and reputations, the lovers fled to Europe and exile. Mamah's actions branded her an unnatural mother and society relished her persecution. For the rest of her life Mamah paid an extraordinary price for moving outside society's rules, in a time that was unforgiving of a woman's quest for fulfilment and personal happiness. Headstrong and honest, her love for Frank was unstoppable. This portrait of her life as his muse and soulmate is a moving, passionate and timeless love story.Hide synopsis
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THIS IS AN EXCEPTIONALLY INTERESTING BOOK REVIEWING A PART OF FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S LIFE. I WOULD CERTAINLY RECOMMEND IT TO MY FRIENDS AND ALREADY HAVE DONE SO. YOU GET SO INVOLVED IN THEIR LIVES THAT YOU CAN'T PUT IT DOWN FOR A MINUTE.
This story presented many questions.
How fascinating could a man be for a woman to leave her children with a friend in another state who has just given birth while she takes off for an extended stay in Europe to be with her lover?
Why would you marry a man you are not in love with and then have two children by him?
How could you be friendly with a woman entering her home while you're having an affair with her husband?
Was this really about feminism as many have pointed out?
Was it the celebrity quality of Frank Lloyd Wright, his ego, or his talent or all three which fascinated so many women and drew them to him?
Why did Frank think people owed him?
The ending was a big surprise.
For those of us who hold Frank Lloyd Wright to be the icon of American architecture that he is, this was a personal look that I had no reference to before I read this book.
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan is a work of historical fiction set in the early 1900s that explores female roles in society and the feminist movement. Frank Lloyd Wright is an icon in arthitecture known for his unique vision of marrying nature and structure. His visionary ideals did not stop there and he threw society's mores to the wind by embarking on a love affair. Mamah Cheney joined Frank in leaving her family to explore their vision of love. This book paints a possible portrait of their transcontinental affair with romance, love and career. She gained opportunities to translate works in the feminist movement and became a bit of a female revolutionary herself. Nancy Horan wrote a thought-provoking book exploring the choices made by those who challenge the status quo and the consequences to both society and the individuals.
Mamah was a married woman with 2 children when her husband commissions Frank Lloyd Wright to design a home for them. Although her husband is reliable and considerate, he cannot compete with the excitement and genius of Wright. They soon embarked upon an affair that leads to the break up of two familes and an ending of tragic proportions. Well written and interesting tale of a passion that the participants thought was beyond their control but turned out to be bittersweet.
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